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Don't misunderstand like the king in Aesop's fable. `You meet nobody' does not mean that you meet nobody, it means you become nobody. That is the meeting with nobody.

THE MONK THEN ASKED, "HOW CAN WE GO ON THIS WAY?"

TOZAN ANSWERED, "BY EGOLESSNESS, ATTENDING TO EACH STEP AS IT COMES."

Living moment to moment, step by step, neither bothering with the past which is gone, nor becoming concerned about the future which has not come yet. Always being herenow, and you are a nobody; you are a no-mind. And this opening is the greatest ecstasy. This opening brings all your potentiality to its flowering.

Zen treats you like lotuses.

You need to open to the sky, to the stars. In your opening is your freedom, in your opening is your dignity, in your opening is your splendor.

But the poor monk did not understand. He said,

"IS NOT THE BIRDS' WAY THE SAME AS ONE'S ORIGINAL NATURE?"

TOZAN SAID, "O MONK, WHY DO YOU GET EVERYTHING UPSIDE-DOWN?"

THE MONK ASKED, "WHAT IS THIS PLACE WHERE PEOPLE GET THINGS UPSIDE-DOWN?"

TOZAN SAID, "IF THERE WERE NO TOPSY-TURVINESS HOW COULD A SERVANT BECOME A LORD?"

The mind is a servant and it has become the master. It is perfectly good as a mechanical computer, a biological miracle, but it is not the master. You have completely forgotten the master, and the servant has become the master in its absence.

Be awake to the beyond, to the within.

Get out of your mind to see who you are, what is your space without mind. And suddenly you will know how you have lived up to now in a topsy-turviness. The master is almost absent and the servant has become the lord.

THE MONK ASKED, "WHAT IS OUR ORIGINAL NATURE?"

TOZAN ANSWERED, "NOT TAKING THE WAY OF THE BIRDS."

Tozan is a great master. When he sees that the monk is mediocre and will not understand immediately, without bringing mind in -- will not see directly -- he changes his statement out of compassion.

The monk could not understand what is the Way of the Birds. TOZAN ANSWERED -- contradicting himself -- NOT TAKING THE WAY OF THE BIRDS.

If you cannot understand the greatest insight

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